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Jeff Probst: 'The Amazing Race' should pull itself from Emmy category


By Christopher Rocchio, 09/21/2009 

Jeff Probst feels the The Amazing Race's Emmy torch should be retired before it has any more chances to snuff out the competition.

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The Survivor host voiced his frustration at The Amazing Race for winning Outstanding Reality-Competition Program honors for the seventh straight year during last night's live broadcast of the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards -- as it remains the only show to win the award since the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences first created the category in 2002.

"You can't argue against Race -- it's well-produced, it's a big show," Probst told reporters after winning Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program honors, according to Entertainment Weekly.

"Maybe The Amazing Race should do what Oprah did [in the Daytime Emmys] and pull [itself] out of the competition."

Needless to say, The Amazing Race co-creator Bertram van Munster wasn't a big fan of Probst's idea.

"I'm going to discuss it with my committee here, but it's unlikely," van Munster told reporters after the show's seventh-straight win, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Last night The Amazing Race defeated American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway and Top Chef -- as Survivor failed to even receive a nod in the category for the third consecutive year.

Still, van Muntser said he was surprised The Amazing Race was able to continue its impressive streak.

"I didn't think we were going to win. It was very intimidating to win for the seventh time," van Munster told reporters, adding he thought Dancing with the Stars would take home the victory, according to Entertainment Weekly.

In addition, Probst reiterated comments he made prior to his acceptance speech -- heaping praise onto Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris a year after the five inaugural Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program nominees helmed the awards show.

"Five people hosting a show is not a good idea," said Probst, Entertainment Weekly reported. "It was just a failure. I'm very good friends with Neil, and I couldn't be happier for Neil. The guy can sing, dance, do tricks!"

(Photo credit CBS)


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